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Wyoming school board members are generally elected by residents of the school district, although some school board members are appointed to fill vacancies until the next election for the seat is held. Wyoming school board elections typically select board members on an at-large basis, allowing all residents living in the school district to vote for any board candidates on the ballot.<ref name=rules>[http://legisweb.state.wy.us/statutes/statutes.aspx?file=titles/Title21/Title21.htm ''Wyoming Legislative Service Office,'' "TITLE 21 - EDUCATION," accessed July 10, 2014]</ref>
 
Wyoming school board members are generally elected by residents of the school district, although some school board members are appointed to fill vacancies until the next election for the seat is held. Wyoming school board elections typically select board members on an at-large basis, allowing all residents living in the school district to vote for any board candidates on the ballot.<ref name=rules>[http://legisweb.state.wy.us/statutes/statutes.aspx?file=titles/Title21/Title21.htm ''Wyoming Legislative Service Office,'' "TITLE 21 - EDUCATION," accessed July 10, 2014]</ref>

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K-12 Education in Wyoming
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Cindy Hill
Number of students: 90,099[1]
Number of teachers: 7,847
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:11.5
Number of school districts: 61
Number of schools: 354
Graduation rate: 79%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $15,849[3]
See also
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Wyoming school districts
List of school districts in Wyoming
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Wyoming is home to 61 school districts, 354 schools and 90,099 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Board of Education[5]
    • Ron Micheli, Chairman, District 3
    • Scotty Ratliff, Vice Chair, District 7
    • Gerald Reichardt, District 1
    • Pete Gosar, District 2
    • Sue Belish, District 4
    • Belenda Wilson, District 5
    • Ken Rathburn, District 6
    • Hugh Hageman, At-Large Member
    • Kathy Coon, Certified Classroom Teachers
    • Walt Wilcox, Certified School Administrators
    • Kathryn Sessions, Business and Industry
    • Cindy Hill, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Statistics

The following table displays the state's top 10 school districts by total student enrollment and high school graduation rates.[6][7]

Enrollment, 2011-2012 Graduation rate, 2012-2013
1.) Laramie County School District 1 1.) Big Horn County School District 4
2.) Natrona County School District 1 2.) Crook County School District 1
3.) Campbell County School District 1 3.) Washakie County School District 2
4.) Sweetwater County School District 1 4.) Converse County School District 2
5.) Albany County School District 1 5.) Sublette County School District 9
6.) Sheridan County School District 2 6.) Lincoln County School District 2
7.) Uinta County School District 1 7.) Weston County School District
8.) Sweetwater County School District 2 8.) Teton County School District 1
9.) Lincoln County School District 2 9.) Sublette County School District 1
10.) Fremont County School District 25 10.) Sweetwater County School District 2

Demographics

See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Wyoming as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[8]

Demographic Information for Wyoming's K-12 Public School System
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 2,885 3.2% 1.10%
Asian 710 0.79% 4.68%
African American 979 1.09% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students 123 0.14% 0.42%
Hispanic 11,326 12.57% 24.37%
White 72,519 80.49% 51.21%
Two or More 1,557 1.73% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

In the news

Controversy over district adoption of science standards

District administrators across Wyoming weighed the use of Next Generation science standards for the 2014-2015 school year following an inconclusive decision by the Wyoming State Legislature. Legislators passed a state budget in March 2014 that included a footnote prohibiting the use of state funds for the standards, which were developed by the National Research Council and the National Science Teacher Association. The footnote was later interpreted by the Wyoming School Boards Association and Kay Hill, an adviser to Governor Matt Mead, to prohibit funding of state education programs rather than individual districts.[9]

Opponents disagree with the interpretations of evolution and climate change science in the standards. Despite this opposition, districts like Campbell County School District tested elements of Next Generation standards during the 2013-2014 school year.[10] Goshen County School District has been using portions of the standards since 2010 and approximately 15 districts are proceeding with at least partial implementation for the 2014-2015 school year.[9]

State law

Common Core

Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The Wyoming Department of Education adopted these standards on June 16, 2012, and will fully implement them during the 2014-2015 school year.[11]

School board composition

Wyoming school board members are generally elected by residents of the school district, although some school board members are appointed to fill vacancies until the next election for the seat is held. Wyoming school board elections typically select board members on an at-large basis, allowing all residents living in the school district to vote for any board candidates on the ballot.[12]

School boards can consists of five, seven or nine members. Board members serve four-year terms, which are often staggered every two years.[12]

District types

Wyoming contains multiple types of school districts. The most prevalent are Unified districts (K-12), which contain both elementary and high schools, Elementary districts (K-6 or K-8), which contain only elementary schools and High School districts (9-12), which contain only high schools.[12]

Term limits

Wyoming does not impose statewide term limits on school board members. However, terms limits on school board members can still be imposed on the local level.[12]

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Wyoming school board elections, 2014

A total of two Wyoming school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014 for nine seats. Each district scheduled elections on November 4, 2014.

Here are several quick facts about Wyoming's school board elections in 2014:

The districts listed below served 25,324 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[13] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 Wyoming School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Laramie County School District 1 11/4/2014 4 7 13,171
Natrona County Schools 11/4/2014 5 9 12,153


Path to the ballot

To qualify for the ballot as a school board candidate in Wyoming, a person must be:[14]

  • A citizen of the United States
  • 18 years of age or older
  • A resident of Wyoming at the time of the election

Candidates file applications with the county clerk at least 70 days and no more than 90 days prior to the election.[14]

Campaign finance

State law requires candidates to file reports about campaign contributions at least seven days before each election. Candidates must also provide detailed reports on contributions and expenditures within 10 days after each election. All campaign finance reports from local candidates are filed with the county elections office. Individuals are limited to contributing $1,000 per candidate per election and a maximum of $25,000 across all races in a two-year period.[15]

See also

External links

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References

  1. National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. United States Department of Education, "2012 EDFacts State Profile," accessed August 8, 2013
  5. Wyoming Department of Education, "State Board Members," accessed June 13, 2014
  6. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 11, 2014
  7. Wyoming Department of Education, "Graduation Rates," accessed July 11, 2014
  8. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Casper Star-Tribune, "Wyoming schools likely free to use controversial science standards," June 29, 2014
  10. Casper Star-Tribune, "Wyoming calls for volunteers for science education standards review," May 27, 2014
  11. Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State," accessed July 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Wyoming Legislative Service Office, "TITLE 21 - EDUCATION," accessed July 10, 2014
  13. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 Wyoming School Boards Association, "Becoming a School Board Member," accessed July 9, 2014
  15. Wyoming Secretary of State, "Wyoming Campaign Guide," accessed July 9, 2014